daily morning notebook

This is the beginning of a daily learning notebook.

Morning Notebook

Morning Notebook

To start with I have made a basic notebook with a calendar, tally sheet, 100 day tracker, weather graph and writing paper to compare handwriting from 1st day of school to the last. Set up in landscape mode so binding will not get in the way of left-handed children.

Will add more in the future, some free, others paid. Follow me here and on Teachers Pay Teachers to stay up-to-date.

tic tac toe… FREEBIE!

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Tic tac toe board and pieces. 2 sets of Xs and Os, one in color, the other in black and white. We laminated ours and used velcro dots to attach the pieces so they don’t slide around when playing. You could also use magnets. Free on my TPT site.

card games 5×7 jumbo-size deck

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A JUMBO-SIZED (5×7) deck of cards. I print on cardstock with no back. To create an Uno-like deck print one page each of 3, 4, 30 & 31. Print two copies of pages 5-28 and four copies of page 29. Print extra blanks and write in your own rules and/or math facts to add to customize your game.
CRAZY 8: for younger kids let them match number and color only by removing special cards, add in wild cards for some extra fun.
GO FISH: Can play by number only or number and color depending on age of child.

MATH WAR or PLACE VALUE WAR: Use numbered cards only, divide deck evenly. Decide if you want to play by ones, tens or hundreds. Each player flips their cards, highest number wins that hand and player with the most cards at the end of the game wins. ONES: each player flips one card over at a time. TENS: flip two cards over and lay them down left to right (2 and 1 would be 21). 100s: Flip three cards over and lay them down left to right .
MATCH 10: Remove all special cards and 10s. Lay out cards in a 5×4 grid. Player flips over two cards. If they add up to 10 they keep them and replace the 2 spots with cards from the top of the deck of leftover cards. If they do not make 10 they flip them back over and let the next person take their turn.
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workbox tags

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NEW ITEM! Took a nice winter vacation and came back with some new ideas, here is the first.

Current file is 7 pages with 60 labels for your homeschool workbox system or school bins. I will add more as requested and update this file, all future tags added will be available to you at no additional charge.

These are simple black and white labels that are designed to fit in 3.5×2.5 self-laminating pouches. Let the kids color, draw or add stickers before laminating for a fun personal touch.

Please leave feedback on my TPT site and request any labels you would like me to add to the file.

PSA: 20% sale!

December 1, 2014  To: December 3, 2014

Offering a Discount of 20% on my entire store!

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change is good

changeSome of you have noticed a change in my pages. I have been a Beachbody Coach for a few years and I :::gasp::: quit! Now, I want to make sure everyone knows I did not LEAVE, I just quit being a coach. I love the products and will continue to use them however my focus has changed:

1. Family & homeschooling

2. Writing my book.

3. Working on my very own business, AnaMaree Designs.

The thing that led me to this decision was actually Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push! It helped me get my priorities in order and figure out what I really want. I am still a HUGE fan of hers and will be doing PUSH ever year or so (the only “self-help” book I have ever read, used and re-read.

I am getting ready for 2015 and when I prepare for the new year I tend to buy a new planner, some pretty new notebooks and get ready to make my lists and ideas BLAH BLAH BLAH. The last few years of setting GOALS instead of “resolutions” has been amazing. Typically my resolutions are forgotten as fast as I set them, probably because I never considered how the fit with my priorities. Now I write down my priorities and set goals that work with them. Now the end of the year is a wonderful surprise!

For example, 2014 I set 10 goals (I rewrite them every month or so, but they basically stay the same). Today I look back and realize I completed 5 goals and have 2 more 80% complete!

That feels good.

It also reminded me of why I created this blog, for myself, to see how things change, how I change. The latest changes are a perfect example of the quote I chose above as I left something good to gain something better… for myself!

If you want to know more about Beachbody or need to order, contact Erin, my friend and coach on her Facebook page or her Beachbody Page.

Good luck in all you do, and just be the BEST YOU that YOU can be 🙂

part deux

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Group 2 of the beginning sight words set. Will see if I can get group 3 done before bed tonight.

beginning sight words do-a-dots

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Working on a series of sight words for use with do-a-dot markers. Here is the first set. The first eight or nine groups will not be to hard to do. I am still trying to figure out how to make this work with the longer words, I will figure something out though!

Don’t have do-a-dots? Not a problem, the only limit is imagination. They can color, doodle, stamp, sticker, washi tape, candy, beans, counters, play-doh or anything else they can think of!

playdough mats: shapes

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Let them have fun while they learn! Shapes, letters, numbers, 3 new packs to the playdough sets in my store!

The shape set contains 16 pages of shapes and lines to follow.

Playdough Mat Numbers 1-10The number set contains 20 pages and includes numbers 1-10, each page contains a 10-grid to count with. The numbers with the starter dot have the grid filled in for the youngers. The grids in the plain set are empty so they will count on their own.
Playdough Pack A-Z

The alphabet set includes 52 pages. 2 sets of A-Z with upper and lower case on each page. Like the numbers, one set has as a starter dot, the other does not.

As with all sets like this I make, Play-doh is not the only option. They can be colored, decorated with stickers, do-a-dots, laminated and used with wipe-offs. Many options, just print and have fun!

play-doh: the benefits

Play-doh

We are on a Play-doh kick around here. When Miss Thing is not trying to find a way to use it in school she is using it in school she is using it to create dresses for her clip dollies. It is also used often in her occupational therapy. I had no idea play-doh had so many benefits for little hands!

The obvious is how it helps young children build finger and hand strength, fine motor skills and coordination. The less obvious is communication skills and story telling. MT cannot play with Play-doh without a constant chatter. If you listen to her, you will hear her telling stories as she plays, talking her way through a new dress design, or imitating her favorite youtube channels and pretending to put on her on show with very detailed step-by-step instructions.

Here is a link to an interesting article by Mallary I. Swartz, MS, she explains the benefits this magical substance has for little ones. Benefits include the following:

  • social and emotional development
  • approaches to learning
  • creative arts
  • language development
  • science
  • mathematics
  • literacy
  • physical health and development

Once I realized all the benefits I decided “playdough mats” were going to be my next project, I created one Playdough Pack last week and labeled it “set 1” knowing more would follow for sure. This weekend I created 5 more, however I decided to combine a couple to create larger packs so I will only be uploading 3 new sets tonight… after I take MT dress shopping. Priorities ya know! Ta-ta for now~